I went and bought an AMS 120/100-18 paddle for the xr650r. Got that installed. Installed a whip mount that attaches at the axle. I had a hard time installing the paddle on the bike. I moved the axle as far back as it would go, but the chain wasn't long enough. I had to use the chain from my yz426f [which is apart]. I was ready for the dunes. Right off the start I noticed the gearing was too high. Going down sand highway I didn't have to shift higher than 3rd. I guess desert gearing isn't good for Glamis. While going through the dunes I never got out of 2nd unless it was a straight. It had the power so I didn't mind. The one thing I hated about the bike was its ability to bottom on the smallest of jumps. Even while hitting the deeper whoops sometimes the rear would bottom. All in all it was a good ride. Even my buddies with 450 quads were surprised such a heavy dirtbike could keep up. They were a little upset I beat them up hills. I can only imagine what would happen with the right gearing. The trip ended no too good. While doing a night ride I crested a hill to fast and tried to brake. That caused my bike to land sideways. Not to bad happens all the time with my yz426f, but it was a big problem with the BRP. It sunk in, threw me off and the bike cartwheeled. Nothing major in the sand I thought. Well I ended up bending the exhaust. Not the muffler but the tube connecting the muffler to the header. Overall I was happy with the bike. Now I'm going to have to the suspension mods borynack, and do a stator rewind. I wired my 35w helmet light, but it was too much for the stator. I switched over to the early 90's glass lens which runs a H3 bulb and I could only find 55w or 100w bulbs. Questions: 1.Can I fixed a bent muffler? 2.Can I mate a stock muffler w/ a pro circuit header? 3.What kind of gearing do you guys run at the dunes? 4.Why is the suspension so soft?